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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Diana Cannan

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Diana says she was born a veterinarian—she’s always been enchanted by animals and is still fascinated by their ability to make us better human beings. For Dr. Diana, working as a veterinarian is a rewarding and challenging way of life that she couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of.

Dr. Diana was born in Carmel, New York and moved with her family to Stormville, NY, when she was five. At the age of 16, she started her first job at an animal hospital. She attended SUNY Delhi to obtain her technician’s degree, graduating in two years, then continued on to SUNY Oswego to get her Bachelor’s in Zoology. She was accepted on her first application to Ross University Veterinary School, graduating with honors.

In 2001, Dr. Diana opened Dutchess County Animal Hospital one year after the birth of her first baby girl and in the same year of the opening, gave birth to baby twin girls. Preventative medicine is one part of the veterinary field that she is most passionate about.  She loves being an advocate for those that can not speak for themselves.  She also loves surgery and helping patients feel better fast.

Dr. Diana has grown up with many different breeds of dogs, from Boston Terriers to Vizslas. She now has a recued German shepherd, Athena, and an Abyssinian cat named Diamond. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, reading, and watching movies. She was even cast as an extra in two German movies, filmed in the Hudson Valley!

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Dr. Monica Belvedere


Dr. Belvedere was four years old when she first learned that a veterinarian helps animals—ever since that day, she wanted to be one herself! As she got older, it made even more sense. A veterinary career allowed Monica to combine her love of animals with her passion for helping people, her interest in science, and her knack for problem-solving.

Monica grew up on Lake George with her parents, twin sister, and younger sister. She worked hard throughout school to get good grades, all with the end goal of becoming a vet. She even worked at a local clinic in Ticonderoga to gain experience. Dr. Belvedere then attended Cornell University for her undergraduate work, studying biology, then moved to Indiana to attend veterinary school at Purdue University. She graduated in 2005.

Dr. Belvedere arrived at Dutchess County Animal Hospital in 2014. She was looking for a small practice with up-to-date technology, good technician support, and a friendly environment—Dutchess County Animal Hospital had everything she was looking for! As a vet, she particularly likes performing surgey. She also loves the variety of the job and seeing something new every day.

Dr. Belvedere lives with her husband, their two children and their dog, Miles. She enjoys running and is looking forward to running the full 14 mile Dutchess County Rail Trail.

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Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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